Friday, July 15, 2016


...that is the question. Whether it is nobler in the minds of the Yankee front office to bite the bullet and sell off most of an aging and basically non-productive lineup or continue on into mediocrity until next year.
Joel Sherman, NY Post sports columnist, says the Yanks are split between buying or selling. Cashman and the rest of the baseball operations want to sell, owner Hal Steinbrenner and President Randy Levine want to hold fast. Levine, of course, is the genius who decided that $2500 was a "reasonable" price for a single ticket to a game, and that a portion of the fans who sit in the centerfield bleachers only need to see 2/3 of the field. What will happen? I believe, as Woodward & Bernstein once said, "Follow the money." 

 If you're going to do it, do it.
If the Yanks are going to do it, they have to perform well in the next 10 games. Make that very well. The Red Sox, Orioles and the SF Giants games will determine the Yanks future. All I can say is, please leave Miller and Betances alone, everyone else is fair game. 

When are they going to fix the All Star game? 
Yes, it's great to showcase all that talent and see them perform against each other, but why make the outcome so important? I've said it before: managers try to get everyone in the game even at the expense of the outcome. Under the previous rules, the starters had to play the first three innings, except in the case of an injury. Starting pitchers often pitched the maximum of three innings. Because of the roster size and only the best players were on the team regardless of their team affiliation, there was very little drop-off in talent when substitutions were made. Do that and let the winning side determine the home field advantage of the World Series. If they continue with the current system, eliminate that home field thing. How come BB Commissioner Manfred doesn't see this? 

Nobody expected this.  
What if they had an MVP-type season and then never showed up again? David Ortiz is doing just that. He may be having the best season of his career and he's calling it quits at the end of the year. He's been getting some well-deserved accolades wherever he goes and is getting gifts and mementos along with the cheers. He really can't change his mind and come back now, can he? Would he have to return all the gifts? What if he comes back and is terrible? He should continue with his retirement plan and go out on top. I mean, really on top!

I just wanna play...kinda.
A-Rod has told the Yankees that he'd be willing to play first if it would get him into the lineup. Unless, of course, they wanted him to do silly things like catch the ball. I don't know how playing first would get him into the lineup more with choices like Teixeira, Refsnyder, McCann and Headley  all better options. Why not put Rothschild out there? He's not doing the pitching staff any good.

Baseball's Dream Team.
ESPN has put their experts to work to determine the all-time best players at each position. Here's the results.
1B - Lou Gehrig (#2 Stan Musial)
2B - Rogers Hornsby (Jackie Robinson)
3B - Mike Schmidt (George Brett)
SS - Honus Wagner (Alex Rodriquez)
LF - Ted Williams (Bobby Bonds)
CF - Willie Mays (Mickey Mantle)
RF - Babe Ruth (Hank Aaron)
 Hard to argue with the choices since they were all great players. Personally, I think you should be able to stick TWO Right Fielders out there because it's really hard to choose between Ruth & Aaron. I would disagree with Jackie Robinson as the #2 choice behind Hornsby. Joe Morgan would be a better choice.
Pitchers and catchers will be announced later this weekend. It's interesting that the careers of 4 of the 7 occurred before the 1940's.

Well, we really didn't mean it.
The  Miami Marlins offered a promotion to discount their ticket prices for a specified game by one percent for every home run their superstar Giancarlo Stanton hit during the Home Run Derby. He hit 61, but when fans went online to buy their tickets, they discovered they were held to a 25% discount. The Marlins answer: The site they use to control discounts only "allows" discounts up to 25%. So the typical "Not-My-Fault" defense is still in play.

"Why hasn't ESPN told Chris Berman that people can't stand him?" - Phil Mushnick
"Brock Lesnar was extensively drug tested before UFC 200. Contrast that with the WWE policy that calls for competitors to be drug tested every 10 years. And even then it doesn’t have to be your urine."  -- Brad Dickson
"In order to drum up all star votes for their third baseman Jake Lamb, the Diamondbacks brought a live lamb into the clubhouse. It's a good thing no one thought this up when Moose Skowron was playing."  -- Dwight Perry
"Las Vegas has landed an NHL team. Game tickets start at $75 with a 2-drink minimum."  -- TC Chong
" Swedish soccer referee Danny Kako said he once caught a player urinating on the pitch. If ever a guy deserved a yellow card."  -- RJ Currie
"Vince Wilfork, 6-foot-2, 325 pounds, appears naked in ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue. Did Tommy Lasorda turn them down?"  -- Brad Dickson

"Tuesday was David Ortiz’s last All-Star game as Big Papi is retiring. The Red Sox slugger could become even more beloved if he takes Joe Buck with him."  -- Janice Hough
" Telling Bill Belichick he can’t have his starting quarterback for one-quarter of the regular season is like informing Bill Gates he’ll have to scrape by for three months with no new checks coming in. Somehow, you think he’ll manage."  -- Greg Cote
" There is already an official toilet of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. I’m just glad sport isn’t overly commercialized.”  -- Brad Dickson
"The Game Has Changed, Continued: Let the record show (fat chance) that the 2016 All-Star Game ended with an infield double play fully enabled by Rockies batter Nolan Arenado’s disinclination to run to first, where he was out by 6 feet."  -- Phil Mushnick

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"Olympic sponsor Coca Cola couldn’t be more pleased that the games will be held in Rio this year. They say the water around the venue is the same color as their world famous soft drink."  -- TC Chong 
"Two city employees in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, have been collecting pay for years without working. Coincidence? Both, when caught, were wearing Bobby Bonilla jerseys."  -- Dwight Perry

"The WWE suspended wrestler Roman Reigns for 30 days. Considering you can win a WWE title by hitting a guy from behind with a folding chair, what do you have to do to get suspended?"  -- Brad Dickson



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